The Repository Newspaper

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A Walk with The President/The Repository Newspaper
William McKinley Presidential Museum & Library
Written By William McKinley Presidential Museum & Library

The McKinley Presidential Library includes the McKinley National Memorial, the final resting place of the President and his family, and a modern museum building. Inside you will find the McKinley Gallery, Street of Shops, Stark County Story, Keller Gallery, Discover World, Ramsayer Research Library, and the Hoover-Price Planetarium.

Cover Photo Courtesy of The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum.

The first edition of Saxton’s newspaper The Ohio Repository would roll off the press on March 30, 1815. The weekly paper consisted of four pages with four columns per page. Saxton’s newspaper readership grew as the population increased in Canton. The paper would report on Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo, the Mexican War, and later the War Between the States. In January 1871, John Saxton’s granddaughter Ida Saxton would marry a young attorney, William McKinley. McKinley, who previously had been a Major in the Civil War, had moved to Canton in 1867 and joined George W. Belden’s law practice. The Canton Repository, a Republican newspaper, demonstrated strong support for William McKinley throughout his political career as a Stark County prosecutor, and U.S. Representative, and by 1892, Governor of the State of Ohio. After McKinley secured the nomination, the paper continued its positive coverage of the famous Front Porch Campaign of 1896. When President McKinley was shot in Buffalo, New York in September of 1901, the newspaper published numerous editions per day regarding the condition and death of Canton’s own.

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